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An HR practitioner for over 25 years, Michael VanDervort specializes in creating thriving workplaces driven by positive associate relations.

Michael is the Executive Director of CUE Inc., a non-profit, member run organization dedicated to assisting companies in the creation and maintenance of positive working environments.  Before joining CUE, Michael was the Manager, Labor Relations for Publix Super Markets, based in Lakeland, Florida.  Michael is also a volunteer leader for the Society of Human Resources Management, currently serving a term on their Special Expertise panel on Labor Relations.

An accomplished social media user, Michael was responsible for implementing the initial social media efforts at one of the largest grocery retailers in North America.

Michael frequently speaks and writes about a wide variety of human resources topics including labor and employee relations, positive workplace leadership, and social media.   


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Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Jessica Miller-Merrell @jmillermerrell

June 13, 2018



Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Paula Harvey @Paula4Harvey

Today's guest is Paula Harvey, , MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, ASC is the VP of Human Resources & Safety for Schulte Building Systems in Hockley, TX.


June 6, 2018



A big topic of discussion that ran through the week of #ASHRM17 was how the New Orleans SHRM 2009 event was in many ways the birth of the social media sphere that exists in SHRM today.  I was part of a terrific informal dinner that took place one night while I was at that conference that built relationships that still flourish today.

June 29, 2017

I’m writing a series of three short blogs that touch on the key points that I encountered in New Orleans while attending the SHRM 2017 Conference and Exposition. 

I’m going to start with the Sunday keynote, Kat Cole.  I’m a fan boy of this amazing business leader who I’ve known for a few years and have seen her speak nine previous times.

June 26, 2017

I’m blogging again this year for SHRM at the National show aka #SHRM16. Once again, I’ve spent the entire event networking, which means I’ve only attended one session so far – a labor law overview by Chad Richter from Jackson Lewis.

June 22, 2016

What you need to know about social security

A very special live episode of Drive Thru HR hosted by Michael where he talks to representatives from the Social Security Administration, sharing useful information about social security for individuals and HR professionals.



June 22, 2016

The annual SHRM conference starts in just 6 days. I’m blogging for SHRM again this year.

June 13, 2016

I was talking with a friend the other night about what a challenge it is for HR professionals to stay up-to-date on all the changing rules and regulations that the Obama administration is throwing at us in their final days.

We still haven’t completely figured out ACA, and now we get to deal with even more hot steaming bowls of ….agency alphabet soup.   DOL and the OT rule….NLRB and PCA…. OLMS and the LMRDA. What?

June 13, 2016

2014 SHRM Conference Recap

I spent 4 days in Orlando last week attending the 2014 SHRM Conference.

Here's what I came away with broken down by day, more or less.

Day 1-Voluenteer Leadership Meeting 

I'm a member of the Labor Relations  special expertise panel. For the past couple of years, the volunteer leadership meetings have been the highlight of my conference experience. We get a chance to get up close and personal with SHRM staff and leadership and actually talk to the people who lead our professional association.

July 3, 2014

Recognition, Leadership and Listening

Leadership is a privilege.

People leave your company because they don’t feel appreciated or they don’t like their boss.

Leadership tips to put to work right now.

Focus on mindset. Self awareness is key.  Be aware of the brand of you and how people see you.

June 24, 2014